Identity and Difference: The Gender Debate
Over thirty years ago, French feminist Luce Irigaray, wrote: "Sexual difference is one of the important questions of our age, if not in fact the burning issue. According to Heidegger, each age is preoccupied with one thing, and one alone. Sexual difference is probably that issue in our own age which could be our salvation on an intellectual level." There is no question that Irigaray was right, especially now that the old debate about the relation between the sexes has been brought up into the more recent one about the relation between our “selves” and our bodies. Both debates, of course, stand or fall together, which is why we unite them in this single issue.